Themed Events, Party Nights, Promotional Campaigns and Conferencing

Here at Steel City Promotions, we specialise in all sorts of events; everything from large corporate conferences and annual dinners to small scale private parties in need of that VIP styling.

With a huge range of equipment in house and very useful contacts all over the UK, we are able to produce super slick conferences, stunning themed events and promotional campaigns you won’t forget in a hurry; all with the greatest attention to detail and the highest quality of event managers and equipment.

We’re always on hand, striving for the newest challenge and available to answer even the smallest of queries. Give one of our friendly team a call to discuss your next event and rest assured we’ll do everything we can to make it perfect!

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The Second of Two Events

The Second of Two Events - April 2015

Recently, we were lucky enough to be onsite at Lancaster University for a two day event. The first night was an informal dinner with emphasis on great locally sourced food from in and around Lancashire and Cumbria. We printed up some bespoke backdrops for around the room which were tailored to the theme and the client - a great way to make it really personal! We provided a small AV set which allowed for the evening guest speaker to welcome guests and throw wise words of wisdom over everyone. The second night was the big one, with ceiling hung effect lighting, a large stage set, AV and all the room dressing to go with it! The highlight of the night was hearing Martine Wright speak about her recent journey along the path of a devastating injury and turning that into becoming a Paralympic hero. Her talk really was inspiring and the whole room was gripped! Get in touch for details about our conferencing and AV Packages.

Masquerade Ball

A Masquerade Ball - February 2015

We love everything about events as I’m sure you can tell, but it makes us love our work even more when we can support a meaningful cause at the same time.  Last weekend we took our dazzling Masquerade Ball props to The Royal Armouries in Leeds where a spectacular ball was coming together.  In memory of a young boy, Alexanders Ball was formed and this year we were honoured to be a part of it.  We donated our elegant props to add to the décor and took our roulette tables for raising as much money as possible on the night – and boy did they! For more information about Alexanders Ball, just click here and you can read all about it.  Our Masquerade Ball is a fabulous theme to choose for any event or party, certainly one to have a think about!

Parisian Elegance

Parisian Elegance – January 2015

We recently headed off to London to install some Parisian theming at the fab venue that is The Brewary. Our huge Eiffel Tower prop took time out of the warehouse to feature at this elegant event and we took some of our other Parisian Props with us too, including our great Traditional Street Lamps – we created a great looking draped backdrop as the focal point to the stage area, using a mix of Red Drapes and Black Star Cloth. First things first though…on arrival to the venue the main job of the day was to begin rigging up the ceiling drapes - a guaranteed winner at all sorts of events. As The Brewary has a great looking ceiling filled with beams, the options were endless when it came to suggesting what to do up there. We decided upon strips of Red Drape, entwined with twinkling fairy lights to create a canopy effect. Sure you’ll agree it looks swell!

Arabian Themed Event

An all Arabian Affair - December 2014

We built, constructed, pulled together and wowed our guests with a magnificent Arabian Nights themed event down in Reading at the end of the 2014 Christmas party season. A specialist marquee was put in place, with one end using clear span windows and walls so that we could light up the building that the marquee stood in front of – guests could see out from the cosy marquee in winter temperatures and really appreciate the setting they were in. An Arabian theme was lain from front door to back using authentic Arabian themed dressing and Arabian themed performers. We created lots of snug Chill-Out areas and gave the whole place a really cool atmosphere using fabulous ambient lighting. If you’re mulling over ideas for your next event, Arabian might be the way to go!

Wedding Dressing

LOVE Letters - July 2014

We've recently purchased some of these magnificent Illuminated LOVE Letters which we just, well…love! Standing 4ft Tall, they are fully illuminated and fully IP rated so they can be used inside or outside. The Giant Illuminated LOVE Letters are the perfect addition to any wedding ceremony or reception or even any Great Gatsby / Roaring 20's themed event. They make for stunning photographs and a unique backdrop. This magical prop is also available in single letters so we can make up any word or any group of letters from the alphabet. We also have a 3.5ft Tall 'Ampersand - &' which is useful if you're looking for your initials – e.g. 'T & V'’ – a great personal touch for any wedding or party. These letters are proving extremely popular this wedding season so get in touch if you require some further information.

Muppets Themed Party

Fame at Last – April 2014

So, this time last year we announced that our fabulous Circus Cannons had been on a little trip to Pinewood Studios. Finally, we can reveal the film that they were part of as ‘The Muppets Most Wanted’ was released in cinemas last week. A glimpse of our cannons can be seen with Muppets flying from the barrel – it’s all very exciting! You really must go and see it! Not only have we been bursting with excitement to tell you fabulous lot about this but we have even MORE news… The Cannons are seemingly extremely popular among the film world. They’ve only just returned from Longcross Studios as part of more filming for an upcoming film which is due out at the end of the year. We can’t say much more than that at this stage but they’ve come back with a slightly more ‘oldy-worldy / vintage’ paint job. Watch this space...

Hawaiian Themed Party

A very Hawaiian theme - March 2014

When we first got the call about an upcoming Hawaiian themed event we were very excited! The layout of the event would consist of a conference with a Surf related message, keynote speakers flown in from California to Reading and hundreds of yellow jelly beans followed by a themed evening event so the delegates could unwind. We provided a comprehensive AV set complete with bespoke backdrops for the daytime conference. The room was then turned around and we dressed the room with Hawaiian theming, beautiful floral table centre pieces and entertainment in the form of our very own Surf Simulator. With everything from Hawaiian garlands for each guest to funky coloured linen, and beach themed bars to themed drinks tables this event was a real corker to be a part of.

New York Themed Party

New York comes to London - January 2014

One of our favourite themes here at SCP - our New York theming is glamorous, bold and uber chic. We brought our New York theming to the Langham in London and wowed the guests with our great props. A stage set made up of our New York Skyline really did set the scene and Illuminated Martini Glass Table Centre Pieces dressed the tables and created the impact needed for this prestigious charity event. A great way to jazz up this theme even more is to twist it with our Great Gatsby / Roaring 20's theme. We can create a fantastic stage area with our backdrops and silhouettes and teamed with our glimmering Black & White Dance Floor will have your guests feeling like VIPs for the night. Of course, what New York themed event would be complete without the lady herself, our fabulous Statue of Liberty prop - a great photo opportunity or welcoming feature.

007 Themed Party

007 Blow Out - December 2013

One of our final events in 2013 saw us head to Reading with a van heaped (and I MEAN heaped!) to the roof full of lovely 007 props for a rather fancy Christmas Party. This event was packed full of props and entertainment; From our standalone striking Silhouette Panels to our rather wonderful (and rather huge!) Golden Guns, this event was crammed with dozens of photo opportunities for the guests. We neutralised the event space using Black Linens and Illuminated Table Centre Pieces and flooded the star-clothed room in red lighting. We also provided some rather fabulous Feather Show Girls who entertained from the very beginning of the night and our band playing all the hits from the films really did steal the show. A really great way to end our run of Christmas Party Nights in December 2013; we’re really looking forward to what 2014 has to bring!

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland - November 2013

A week or so ago, we were part of a huge Winter Wonderland themed event at Ponds Forge in Manchester. Providing masses of white draping, ice cool lighting effects and a tunnel walkway, we transformed the international sports centre reception and sports hall into a magical wintery wonderland. The reception area at the sports centre is a vast space, so our draping was hung from a great height of 6 metres in order to ensure the space felt completely different from the day to day running. Using Wintery snowflake gobos projected onto the White Drapes, we created texture and movement and depth. Our Mirror Ball lighting effect was the talk of the town in the main dining area, scattering flecks of light over the tables, ceiling and huge Black and White Dance Floor...

Secret Agent Event

Secret Agent Event - June 2013

This month has definitely been all about Bond! We’ve been here there and everywhere with our array of 007 theming and have created some fabulous events. We took our props and some casino tables down to Sywell Aerodrome in Northampton a couple of weeks ago; a large event filled with aerobatic stunt shows, spitfires and helicopter rides. Our striking 007 backdrop was the feature, standing proud behind the brilliant band. We had a dedicated Casino area where guests could compete for a champagne prize which we decked out with silhouette panels of Sean Connery, Daniel Craig and other of the famous Bond Characters. A great event!! Whilst we’re on the subject of Bond...we’ve recently acquired some stunning Golden Gun props – a must have for any 007 themed event. More on this to come...

Wonka’s Chocolate Factory

Wonka’s Chocolate Factory - May 2013

This is one of our favourite themes – full of fun, colour and chocolaty goodness! This event saw us entertain the Law students of Manchester University and create a chocolate factory wonderland using oversized props and cool lighting effects. Our empowering purple Wonka Gates made quite the impression as guests arrived and created a brilliant photo opportunity as they enjoyed a drinks reception. We created a ‘Chill-Out’ area using our fantastic Grass Cube Seating and Giant Liquorice Allsorts and dressed the main dining room using lots of purple light, backdrops and more giant candy. There was a chocolate fountain which attracted in the guests and was swiftly demolished and lots of tempting treats scattered all around the venue. A brilliant take on Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and we can’t wait for the next one!

Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby - April 2013

This event was a pleasure to work on; a 21st Birthday Party with a marquee, catering, a whole heap of Roaring 1920’s theming and we were tasked with organising the whole shebang. We threw everything we had at this event to make sure it swung from the rafters and what a success it was! From start to finish and almost a week on site, we developed an event from basic marquee structure to full themed room, making sure that all the guests were fed, watered and able to dance the night away to a fabulous Electric Swing Band on the fitting Black & White Dance Floor. The guests went to town with their costumes; an elegant and glamorous affair. With the Great Gatsby out in cinemas right now, this theme is bang on trend for what looks to be a long time to come.

Props go to Hollywood

Props go to Hollywood - Feb 2013

It’s been an exciting few days here at SCP HQ - our brand new Circus Cannons are set for stardom!! The Cannons that were made especially for a run of Circus dates in Manchester over December 2012 have been called up for duty again, only this time they're due to feature on a brand new film! A rather last minute go ahead, saw a quick turn-around in the Workshop. We had to quickly measure the inside of the cannons to make sure that a human could fit inside... so what more technically correct way to do this, than to put the smallest member of our prop team down inside the channel and take relentless photos! Always a giggle in the workshop! So the prop team set off to Pinewood Studios, Cannons on board to deliver them in super speedy fashion! What a turn-around! We can't wait to go and collect them in a months’ time and hear about their film debut! More insider information coming soon on this exciting project, but for now, we can't say much more than that!

Bollywood Party Theme

Bollywood - November 2012

We've done Arabian, we've done Hollywood but Steel City has never done Bollywood! Hints of both themes with an extra special twist and extremely glamorous! A great function space in Nottingham played host to an annual conference / dinner - The East Midlands Conference Centre certainly did not disappoint. Elegant purple lighting for their afternoon conference added a cool edge to the venue and brought the company colours to life. Once the conference ended, a swift transformation was in order... we had flickering table lanterns and a change in lights from purple to red. We dressed the entire 30m corridor walkway with several individual 'Draped Entrances' in red, and finished them off with pink, blue and purple swags. Flame Lights and Ornate Gold Palm trees added a little something extra. Our Golden Elephant wowed on arrival as the Dohl Drummers escorted guests to the main dining room.

Greece Party Theme

Winter Wonderland- November 2012

The first Winter Wonderland themed event of the year took place in early November for an annual corporate dinner. A trip to Maidstone was in order for the team with a van full to the brim of snowy specialities and wintery wonders. Our beautiful fairy light tunnel graced the entrance to the venue, and was the perfect photo opportunity for guests. Lots of ice blue lighting transformed the function space, creating an icy wonderland from all angles. Our LED Frosted Domes, simple yet extremely effective table centre pieces were the finishing touch to the beautifully dressed tables, and set on differing shades of blues, purples and whites really brought the theme to life. There are many more Winter themed events coming up towards the end of the year so keep an eye out for inspiration.

Greece Party Theme

October 2012 - Grease is the Word!

A brand new theme for us and we were intent on impressing! An event down in Plymouth, a whole load of guests up for a great time and some fabulous props to enhance their American Diner / Grease themed event. Our brand new American Diner Backdrop was centre stage, flowing perfectly into our ever popular Black and White Dance Floor - everyone loves a bit of glamour! Over-sized Chocolate Milkshakes and our huge Grease Car Prop made for great photo opportunities throughout the night and the guests couldn't get enough! Of course, what 'Grease' themed event would be complete without Danny and Sandy?

Tropical Caribbean Theme

October 2012 - 'Cocktail'

A product launch inspired by the neon lights and cool edge of the film 'Cocktail'; we provided our fantastic Illuminated Martini Glass table centre pieces and swish lighting to enhance the venue, and create mood and drama. Our stunning light pillars were of course features in the room - a fantastic addition to any themed event and colour changeable to suit. As a slight twist on the theme, we also incorporated many a Whiskey Barrel and Palm Tree to add in that Hawaiian feel. Cocktail jugglers were on hand to aid guests in creating the perfect cocktail and they partied until the wee hours - even though it was a Monday night!

Table Centres & Room Decoration

July 2012 - Illuminations

Our team embarked on the long journey down to Weymouth laden with stunning table centres. Our glamorous giant martini glasses looked fabulous alongside our illuminated frosted domes, adding the perfect finishing touches to the event. We'd hoped for sunshine to get everyone in the party spirit for this corporate summer ball, instead we were met by torrential rain, gale force winds and general what we would normally class as winter weather! A massive high 5 to the team who carried on regardless and helped this event go off with a bang!

Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory Theme

June 2012 - Alice in Wonderland

Whilst the Queen of England was celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, we were off down to North London with a van packed full of wonderful Alice in Wonderland props and entertainment. An event that touched everyone's hearts, it was for a children's charity. Teamed with grass cube seating, oversized mushrooms, our fabulous new Mad Hatters Hat prop and much, much more we were able to transform the beautiful marquee into a crazy Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. The Alice in Wonderland Crazy Golf Holes, went down a storm and the Bouncing Bunny Stilt Walker and Alice Story Teller, really did keep everyone entertained. A popular theme this year!

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Player of the Year - April 2012

Red, White and a whole lot of glamour; Manchester United FC wanted their end of season awards to go with a bang! As the guests entered through our Star Cloth Tunnel and along the Red Carpet Walkway into the Platinum Suite they couldn't help but feel like they were receiving the VIP treatment. Picking up a glass of bubbly from our Illuminated Poseur tables on their way, the night was good to go! Our Mirror Ball Table Centres were the talk of the town after this event, scattering lots of red light all over the room and clever lighting around the walls of the venue really did set the guests in good stead for dancing the night away on our huge Black and White Dance Floor. Great night for all involved!

Wild West Western Themed Party

March 2012 - Wild West

Last Saturday played host to a Wild West spectacular in a sleepy village down in Cambridgeshire. A van full of stunning props really transformed the venue and was the talk of the town. The entrance was dressed with full sized whisky barrels, cart wheels and giant cacti props to ensure the guests were immediately immersed into a world of Wild West. Our magnificent hand painted backdrop looked amazing and provided the country band with their very own stage set, complete with lighting and props.
The 8 year old host was overwhelmed with the transformation as were her family and friends. The afternoon was full of surprises continuing into an evening of dancing and partying the night away. Wild West was the perfect theme keeping all the guests entertained for hours on end.

Monte Carlo Themed Event

March 2012 - Monte Carlo

As the sunshine returned, big boys' toys were the perfect way to keep the gadget lovers of Manchester entertained last Sunday; our giant eight lane Scalextric track went down a storm along side two F1 simulator pods. For the more competitive guests our range of fun casino tables were a fantastic alternative! These guys meant business, but would that be the case if there was real money up involved? The evening flew by with a great atmosphere and a competitive spirit!

Circus Themed Party

February 2012 - Circus Awards

The Lifestyle Awards in Liverpool took on the Circus theme this year and wanted to go all out with theming and performers. We designed and produced a fabulous Circus themed entrance, complete with crazy mirrors for the occasion. This worked magic on the night; many a guest strolled up the red carpet, caught a glimpse of a smaller or stretched version of themselves and stopped to take a further look.
The awards part of the night wouldn't have been complete without a stage backdrop, and as the night was so far missing the 'Big Top Feel' it so needed, we thought why not create a backdrop made to resemble a big top, so this is what we did, and it looked fantastic! A real focal point for the awards! The night went with a bang, and performers galore ensured that it did. From Angle Grinders and Stilt Walkers to Magicians and Fire Eaters, the Circus really was in town!

Wild West Western Themed Party

January 2012 - Christmas Party in the Wild Wild West

After a glamorous Hollywood VIP night last year, KP Nuts decided they needed some light relief for their Christmas Party this time around. They set their hearts on the Wild West theme after spying our rather striking Saloon Bar frontage in the showroom and it was full steam ahead from there. We transformed their venue with metres and metres of bunting, backdrops and many a full sized whiskey barrel.
Entertainment galore kept the guests on their toes, from the Casino and Saloon Bar Shoot Out to a surprise appearance from cheeky Can Can Dancers. What event wouldn't be complete without our themed Spoof Paparazzi too? A great night had by all!

Las Vagas Casino Themed Party

December 2011 - Viva Las Vegas!

Sandown Racecourse played host to this fantastic Las Vegas themed event made up of room dressing, table linen and in true Vegas style...Casino tables! This large corporate daytime event was transformed into a showcase of entertainment. Black and White star cloths transformed the venue into a world of Vegas! Our illuminated giant martini glasses decorated with a red feather boa added a touch of glitz and glamour to every table as well as the eye-catching black and red table linen.
There was a whole host of entertainment for the guests to enjoy including their very own fun casino made up of Roulette, Black Jack and Stud Poker, playing with fun money certainly does make people more daring; especially when there's a bottle of champagne to be won!

Winter Themed Parties

December 2011 - A Winter Wonderland for the forces!

Our fantastic team transformed the army barracks of Colchester into a stunning Winter Wonderland. The boys entered this magical world through our grand ice palace entrance surrounded by huge stalagmite props and dazzling lighting. Our funky illuminated ice cube seating and striking light pillars added the finishing touches creating a real wow factor in the officers' mess!
Our illuminated frosted dome centrepieces looked stunning, adding an exciting element to the cool, icy atmosphere alongside white table cloths and chair covers, silver sashes and bows. The boys were certainly given a Christmas party to remember!

Caribbean Pirates Events

December 2011 - Pirate Mania!

The boys had a rather breezy trip up to Glasgow to create this pirate extravaganza! The event was brought to life with our fabulous room dressing; our desert Island beach hut transformed the room along with a number of large props including; a pirate ship stage set, whisky barrels, palm trees and our amazing life size suspended pirates! We provided entertainment with a twist; our fun casino was given a pirate make-over using wooden whisky barrels and golden coins with our croupiers dressed up as pirates themselves! Our illuminated treasure chest centrepieces were the perfect finishing touch and looked fantastic overflowing with treasure, jewels and pearls. Performers and musicians galore led this afternoon Christmas Party well in to the evening and they're already planning the next one!

On Street Promotions

November 2011 - Klick Fitness Promotion

So, November has ended up being a busy one with two weeks of promotion for 'Klick Fitness;' a new gym brand launched by Fitness First. Six of our girls were involved in the promotion over the two weeks, one week in Wakefield and one week in Stoke. The girls were given a promo car and a brief to raise as much awareness of Klick Fitness as possible, encouraging people to look round and sign up. The days flew by handing out goodie bags in the town centre, visiting local supermarkets, schools and retail parks; luckily they saw very little rain! The girls had fun getting to know the locals and point them in the direction of the gym. They were handing out a range of goodies from Hand Warmers to Promotional Trolley Coins; freebies always go down a treat! They could not be missed wearing bright blue branded gym wear and driving around in the promo car drumming up lots of business.

Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory Theme

October 2011 TIGI Hair Care launch their new Candy Fixations Collection Willy Wonka style, Cafe de Paris, London.

This Promotional event came to life using a number of our stunning giant props, our colourful hand-made 7ft Lollipops and our three giant liquorice allsorts certainly got the crowds talking. Adding to the excitement were our interactive Oompa Loompa's; these fun, friendly characters added great entertainment and amusement to the whole event. Our Sweet filled fish bowls were placed around the venue for guests to help themselves all day long. You certainly couldn't pass by without giving this fantastic set some attention. The props used fitted in perfectly with the venue, creating TIGI's own candy land creation. Perfect for launching their new candy fixation hair care range.

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September 2011 Annual Conference with guest speaker Rory Bremner

This large corporate event played host to over 350 international delegates. With two fantastic bespoke stage sets, and a comprehensive audio visual package everyone was engaged throughout the day. The day consisted of two events, a conference taking place at Old Trafford in Manchester and an evening dinner with speakers that took place at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. The evening room looked incredible transformed by some amazing lighting and eye-catching bespoke illuminated table centre pieces. The night was rounded up with a fantastic guest appearance from impressionist Rory Bremner.

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